by Ashley Flynn
Recently, Senator Joe Donnelly announced a federal grant awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration to allow Wabash Municipal Airport to rehabilitate its runway. Under the FFA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), Wabash Municipal Airport was awarded approximately $1.5 million.
“Hoosier families and businesses rely on our state’s efficient infrastructure to get from one place to the next or to move goods and services. This grant provided by the Federal Aviation Administration will allow Wabash Municipal to improve its runway so that passengers and cargo plans can continue to be safe traveling in and out of Indiana,” Senator Donnelly said in a press release.
The grant money will be used to rehabilitate the eastwest runway, which is the main runway used at the facility.
Bechtol Grocery Company is proud to announce the 11th Annual Cancer Day Sale on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Five percent of all sales that day will be donated to the local Wabash County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Doors will open early for this one-day sales event at 7 a.m.
If you enrolled a student in elementary school in Wabash County this year, chances are you noticed new station during school registration. The Wabash County Promise and the Wabash County YMCA had tables set up at each school to get students set up with CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings accounts. This Friday, Sept. 27, The Wabash County Promise in partnership with Indiana State Treasurer Richard Murdock will host a “Walk Into My Future” event on the campus of Manchester University to celebrate the new matching grant program.
by Kalie Ammons
A new business is coming to Wabash to sell “everyday needs for less.” 2-4-6 Warehouse is a locally owned and operated company that will sell name brand everyday items.
“Ninety percent of the products will be two, four or six dollars,” said Dave Gleason, owner of the new business.
2-4-6 Warehouse will specialize in health and beauty aids, while providing a little bit of everything else, including: compacts, creams, make-up, nail polish, personal hygiene products, household items, vitamins, blood pressure machines, scales, snacks, toys, electronics and more.
“We will have new products daily at unbelievable prices. I buy all my name brand products from liquidators and retail,” Gleason told The Paper.
2-4-6 Warehouse will have its grand opening on Sept. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 212 N Wabash St, Wabash. Its normal weekly hours will be Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Nothing is more important than making sure all Indiana children have access to the highest quality care that is provided at Riley Hospital,” says Cindy Simon-Skjodt, member of the Simon family who, in 2007, made the largest donation ever to Riley Hospital for Children.
In the spirit of this gift comes the announcement that the 17th Annual Wabash Kiwanis Club Bucket Brigade for Riley Hospital for Children will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This year the donation sites will be outside six gracious local retailers: Kroger, Bechtol’s Grocery, Wal-Mart, Big R, Walgreens and Save-A-Lot. Wabash Kiwanis members will join with Key Club members from Wabash and Northfield High Schools to accept donations.
The Honeywell Golf Course and the Ladies Golf Association (LGA) are hosting the third annual Honeywell Breast Cancer Awareness Scramble for men and women on Sunday, Oct. 6. The event begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start and concludes with a meal for all players. The scramble is a fundraiser to raise awareness of the importance of mammograms in the fight against breast cancer. Proceeds will go to the Wabash County Hospital Foundation’s Mammogram Charity Fund. This fund provides free mammograms and radiology readings for qualifying, low-income women who live in Wabash County.
by Emily Armentrout
The Smokin’ for a Cause idea started when two guys received smokers for Christmas and in typical guy fashion, started friendly smack talk between themselves and others in the community,
“Once Joe and Gary got going back and forth on whose pork was better, I took my dad’s smoker and started smoking. It turned out pretty well my first couple tries so I got involved,” said Kyle McCoart.
The friendly smack talk continued at the Smokin’ for a Cause event that took place Saturday, Sept. 21 down in the Wabash County Museum parking lot. You could hear jokes about bribing judges or being disqualified for branding meat as you walked through the parking lot where the 14 teams had set up their tents and smokers since the night before. Smack talking aside, the atmosphere was fun and friendly.
“This is the first event in Wabash County for amateur backyard barbeque. We have 14 teams, but already have more teams interested in participating next year. Hopefully we can shut the street down and keep the fun going,” added McCoart.
Wabash businesses seem interested in continuing this event. They are already planning on returning to the Wabash County Museum parking lot area for the event next year. Also, the Wabash Marketplace donated a brick that will have the winning team engraved on it and they want to add to it every year.
by Eric Stearley
In 1996, local residents got together and organized Wabash County’s first annual Relay for Life, raising just over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society. Saturday, Sept. 14, Paradise Springs Historical Park hosted Wabash’s 18th consecutive Relay for Life, raising nearly $50,000 to fight the disease.
As confetti filled the air, the relay kicked off with the survivor lap. Nearly 100 cancer survivors walked triumphantly around the relay track as friends and family cheered them on. Jennifer Denney sang “You Raise Me Up” as a sea of purple encircled the park.
“The survivors wear purple, which represents all cancers,” said Amanda Wiley, one of two survivor chairs for this year’s event.
Twenty-eight years ago, Dr. Gordy Klatt raised $27,000 to fight the disease by walking and running around a track in Tacoma, Wash. for 24 hours straight. From one man’s idea, the Relay For Life has grown into a worldwide event, which has raised more than $5 billion for the American Cancer Society to date.